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02 Mar
Feed Your Belly and Soul with Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood

Feed Your Belly and Soul with Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood

It’s going to snow again tonight at the Jersey Shore. Enough I say!  ENOUGH!!!  When I spot that first seemingly innocent, seemingly cute snowflake I am going to go out into my backyard, shake my fists at the heavens, curse the Polar Vortex, and demand the immediate and unambiguous arrival of Spring. After I do that I’m going to relax and spend the rest of the evening mapping out some of our spring and summer road trips.  We have reservations for campgrounds in Myrtle Beach, The Brandywine Valley, Cape Cod, and the White... Read More
26 Feb
The Evolution of our Family Hikes (Gearing Up For Spring With L.L. Bean)

The Evolution of our Family Hikes (Gearing Up For Spring With L.L. Bean)

My boys are darn good hikers.  Not that they have a choice.  Since Stephanie and I started RVing with them four years ago we have spent over a hundred nights camping, and dozens of days hiking.  When they were just one we threw them in the truck, packed up the pop-up camper, and headed to Vermont and Maine for 16 days.  We were determined to do some serious family friendly hiking with them, and we did.   Of course that meant carrying them in our hiking packs.  So we carried them–and we carried them joyfully.  After a long winter of... Read More
02 Dec
Coffee Table Mojo: KOA and the Art of Kamping

Coffee Table Mojo: KOA and the Art of Kamping

KOA And The Art of Kamping It’s only early December but I miss camping season already.  I love the holidays as much as the next dad–but I love getting out in our RV even more.  Our family has spent over a hundred nights camping during the past four years and most of those nights have been spent at KOA campgrounds.  Stephanie calls me a “KOA Fanboy,” and its true.  I like their friendly cancellation policy and their kid friendly activities and amenities.  But what I have really loved the most about the KOA campgrounds... Read More

Campfire Cuisine Giveaway (You can use this in the regular kitchen,too)

A few weeks ago Stephanie reviewed a cookbook that she really loved called Campfire Cuisine published by the adventurous Quirk Books.  She found the recipes to be excellent both for camping and for home.  Here is a quote from her review: Campfire Cuisine doesn’t just appeal to me as a ‘camper’, it also serves as a great resource for weekday meal planning. Even if you are not now (or ever!) heading out in the RV, you could use the make ahead tips for the nights you have to get dinner on the table fast. I reached out to Quirk... Read More
23 Sep
It’s Time To Get Tough With Your Sock Drawer: Darn Tough Socks

It’s Time To Get Tough With Your Sock Drawer: Darn Tough Socks

At the beginning of the summer, after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal,  I decided to get Darn Tough with my feet and with my sock drawer.  I decided to purchase two pairs of high end socks made by Darn Tough in Vermont (for hiking and casual wear) and to throw away 12 pairs of my funkadelic old socks.  I wanted to create some space in my sock drawer and test out some sweet new socks while hiking in Vermont.  I ended up falling in love with them.  Here’s why. My socks get very sweaty and nasty after a long hike, and even... Read More
07 Sep
The Nightlight Chronicles, Cont. (or, when do they start just going to bed?)

The Nightlight Chronicles, Cont. (or, when do they start just going to bed?)

A few months ago, I posted about our nightlight that turns green when the boys are allowed to get out of bed in the morning. This handy gadget keeps our early risers in bed until a fairly reasonable hour and it was a complete catastrophe when we left it behind on our first camping trip of the season. The folks at American Innovative (makers of said nightlight) saw the review and asked us if we would be willing to try one of their new products…Danny the Penguin. Sure, we said. Send him our way. And they did. They sent one Danny the... Read More
02 Sep
Campfire Confessions (Or the lonely girl who hated s’mores)

Campfire Confessions (Or the lonely girl who hated s’mores)

I absolutely hate marshmallows. I don’t like the taste of them. I don’t like the smell of them. And I really hate brushing the boys’ teeth after they have eaten them. I have sat around close to 30 campfires this summer and haven’t had a single s’more. So what is my evening snack of choice? At home it is popcorn. And certainly not the kind you get out of the microwave. In fact I don’t even have a popcorn maker. I do it on the stove–in a pot– and it comes out perfect every time. So my husband... Read More

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